Monday, December 10, 2007

Just Wait


It's been hard. I'm trying to make hard decisions, and am getting conflicting opinions from different places. I have cried and prayed... so much. Yet, I still struggle, wondering what to do, longing for peace. Last night was again hard; I had gotten up late that day, hadn't had time for devotions as I ran around cooking and cleaning, preparing for guests. We had some friends over for lunch, then went to church in the afternoon (our church just began meeting at 4:30 p.m. instead of in the morning) and I was still exhausted from the day before. I headed to bed rather late, but I just needed some encouragement before I turned the light out. So, I read through Psalms, skimming some places, but looking and writing down verses that talked about waiting. Surprisingly, there were only 9 verses in the whole book of Psalms, but they are still very encouraging. My heart was calmed, and I could finally go to bed with a settled soul, even if it was 11:30 p.m.!

It was a good exercise, one I plan to do again, with words like trust, refuge, joy, etc. Instead of focusing on how much I hurt, it's better to focus on how faithful God is.

I will wait for the Lord.

12 comments:

Claire said...

What a great idea. May the peace of the Lord be with you!

After all, we are in Advent...no better time to learn the gift of waiting.

Victoria said...

"They that wait upon The LORD shall renew their strength, they SHALL mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and NOT be weary; they shall walk and NOT faint" (from Isaiah)
Teach ME LORD to wait ! The song runs through my head.

When I do remember to wait (it sometimes gets easier as you get older) I do experience that strength because it's then The LORD HIMSELF Who is LIVING His Life through you... Jesus waited 30 years before his ministry began. Why should we expect ours to necessarily be different?
Love you, Mom

Sheila said...

Awww...I'm praying for you Anna!

These lyrics are from Greg Long's song: In the Waiting. I think you might find them encouraging.

Pain
The gift nobody longs for, still it comes
And somehow leaves us stronger
When it's gone away

Pray
I try and pray for Your will to be done
But I confess it's never fast enough for me

It seems
the hardest part is waiting on You
When what I really want
Is just to see Your hand move

I want a peace beyond my understanding
I want to feel it fall like rain
In the middle of my hurting
I want to feel Your arms as they surround me
And let me know that it's okay
To be here in this place
Resting in the peace that only comes
In the waiting

Time
Time to let it go and just believe
Trusting in what no one else but You can see

Free
Freedom from the fears that close me in
When I can't get beyond where I have been, but then

Again
The silence doesn't mean that I'm alone
As long as I can hear
That I am still Your own

Hugs,
Sheila

Elijah Lofgren said...

I'm praying for you sis!

Love ya! See you in 3 days! :)

Your bro,

Elijah

Mardi said...

Anna,
I will be praying for you. I can relate very much to the words in your post. Waiting is very hard, but with God's strength we will get through the trial.
I am encouraged at how you found strength in God's Word. Hold on to Christ, He will always see you through!
Someone told me a while back, sometihng to the effect of "God's Timing is Perfect, He is never earlier, neither is He late, but He is Always Right On Time!!"

Miriam Rebekah said...

I'm praying, Anna! I know the Lord will be with you in the decision you make and I pray that His peace will be with you.

Anna Naomi said...

Thank you all! God is good, and He has a good plan.

Claire: Yes, it's a good season to learn to wait. =)

Mom: There are a lot of other good waiting verses out there, but I just went through the Psalms for now.

Sheila, that's a beautiful song! Thanks for sharing the lyrics with me; it'd be fun to hear it sung sometime!

Elijah: Love you and can't wait to see you!!!

Mardi: Thank you for your prayers. They mean a lot.

Miriam: Thank you for always being there for me!

Anna S said...

Anna, I'm glad you could go to bed with a peaceful heart.

Lori Beth said...
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Lori Beth said...

I struggle with this too. Those verses from the Psalms are so encouraging to me. Thank you for posting- they are an excellent reminder. Keep on keeping on!

Bethany from SomethingGreaterblog.wordpress.com

Beverly said...

Praying for you, and glad that the Lord is giving you peace through His word. Also, praying for your production on Saturday.

Ella said...

Oh, you know that I am praying! God is good, I know that!